September round-up

I haven’t posted for a loooong while… partly because the summer was hot (or maybe I’m just a giant wuss) and I haven’t been out a lot… and partly because, as usual, I’m doing far too much.

Anyhow, here is a round-up of some photos I’ve taken over the last few weekends, just so folks know I’m still shooting! ;)

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation:

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At work:

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AC Moore parking lot

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Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

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Scusset Beach

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Almost beach weather…

It was a bit windy to be on the beach today, and of course the sun didn’t come out until we were driving home (rrrrr!), but it was still nice to be ON A BEACH.

I started and ended my day taking silly photos of my newest Blythe doll:

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I then took some black-and-white photos of the dunes using a circular polarizing filter:

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Know what a Saluki is? It’s a beautiful, slender dog with a long, thin, super delicate face and long, silky fur. This is “Daisy”:

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There were more shells, and more of a variety of shells, on the beach than usual:

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There were also tons of sandpipers about, but the light wasn’t great and those little buggers are FAST!

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Adventures in black and white

B&W  Color Magazine has another single image contest coming up, this one for black and white photography, and I am seriously considering entering at least one photo in it, even though it’s $30 for one image and then $15 for each additional image, which is kinda steep to someone like me who doesn’t like to gamble with her money. However, from the issues I have browsed through (my mom got me a subscription for my birthday), I’m not seeing anything so extraordinary as to be out of my reach. I mean, wildlife photography contests get discouraging because I don’t live in the Canadian Rockies, and my little frog photos or little praying mantis photos, no matter how good, can’t compete with, say, a hapless salmon leaping into a bear’s gaping mouth.

Anyhow, I’m finding I really like black and white photography. I feel like it’s gotten me out of a rut. Because I don’t take a lot of wildlife photos this time of year, I don’t take a lot of photos this time of year. I’m indoors a lot, doing other things and dreaming of spring. But now I can grab my camera and go someplace specifically for black and white photos. Today I went looking for decrepit old factories, but wound up having the most success down at the waterfront (which should not surprise me, since it’s one of a handful of places I always find interesting things to photograph, no matter the time of year or time of day, for that matter).

You have to train your eye to take black and white photos, because a photo that really pops in color may be super dull in black and white if there is no difference in tones. A lot of the textures I love down at the waterfront don’t translate well to black and white – but a lot of them do.

I also think black and white photography is like the original abstract photography, because it’s definitely not what your eye sees. Black and white photography can transform what is to the eye an extraordinarily ordinary scene into something mysterious and dramatic. It’s what gave film stars of the ’30s and ’40s their otherworldly glamor. Even Lucille Ball and Angela Lansbury photographed like a flawless Bernini sculpture.

Here are some rocks on the beach with great shadows on them from a bit of netting:

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Here is a photo of a storm taken from the top of the parking garage by my work (with thanks to a co operative sea gull for the added interest):

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Some buildings downtown:

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An abandoned factory building:

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And, finally, fishing boats:

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I really like these two for a contest:

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On the Beach – in February!

We took a walk on West Island yesterday, and it was just what the doctor ordered – warm sun, clear, calm water, some little sandpipers feeding amongst the rocks and Brandt geese galore – heaven!

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All of these were taken looking through the water:

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And this one is my favorite for the deep purples and reds (also for sale on my Etsy shop):

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Beach, moon, skull

Took what may be my last walk on a beach in a long time today and saw Brant geese and a yellowlegs and found some really cool rocks and even a partial skull of something…

I’m pretty happy with these two moon abstracts.

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Moon

Because it isn’t complete, I’m having a tough time figuring out what this skull was. No teeth, cat-like nose, long face, good-sized… Any ideas?

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Footy prints

We went to the beach this weekend – the first time this season (we stay away during the summer months) and the first time since Hurricane Irene, which changed it a lot. It’s a lot rockier now. There were a couple people riding horses, but the light wasn’t good. Plus, there were trucks all over the beach, which was annoying.

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I found the dunes on the way to and around the parking lot to be the most interesting photographic subjects of our visit.

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The sun cast long shadows, which I love, and there were interesting tracks from mice and other critters in the sand.

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I can’t decide which of these two is my favorite…

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V8… it’s not just a beverage

We went to a classic car show at Plumb Corner in Rochester on Saturday, and it was the best car show I’d ever been to, bar none. Except for managing to impale my toe on some kind of thorn, that is. But I put on my game face and hobbled up and down the rows of cars, each one prettier than the last, photographing to my greedy little heart’s content…

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What I love about car shows is, I get especially creative at them. The fact that most of them are polished until they shine like mirrors is a big part of it, of course.

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This one lives down the street from my mother…

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It makes me miss the days when cars were sexy. Gas hogs, yes, but sexy gas hogs!